Help!! Why do my pdf documents open in word? [Solved/Closed]

Ask a question jills - Last answered on Sep 16, 2017 at 06:11 AM by Ronald
I can't figure out why my pdf's always open up in word not adobe??
Does anyone have a quick answer?
Thanks so much
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On the document icon itself, right click, go to properties. Under the "General" tab, go to "Opens with", click on the change button, choose the Adobe program (assuming you have it), click ok, apply, ok.
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Shelley- Apr 27, 2017 at 11:23 AM
Thank you! It was driving me crazy and it was an easy fix. Now if I can only remember how the next time that happens.
Nancy- Jun 11, 2017 at 07:59 AM
thank you very very much, this worked.
and by the way, the new Windows 10 update is horrible !
Cris- Jul 25, 2017 at 05:36 PM
thank you !!!! I was getting nuts !!!
Ronald- Sep 16, 2017 at 06:11 AM
Thank you so much for the assistance. It's super quick!
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You need to change the file association setting to point pdf to adobe

go to this Microsoft link:

Please report back on the status of your problem.
Rivermaster- Apr 18, 2010 at 11:16 PM
Rivermaster Apr 18, 2010 This has been making me CRANKY for months, thank You so much
Guy- Apr 20, 2010 at 03:13 PM
I have never posted on one of these before, but I am so happy I can now open .doc files and pdf files. Thank you
Kitty- Jun 9, 2010 at 08:51 AM
Thanks! The link to really helpful
vik- Jul 12, 2010 at 09:49 AM
thanks, your advice worked perfectly!
kesss- Oct 10, 2012 at 09:59 AM
thanks, this was helpful
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true, I have the same problem like Pat. there is no "open with" option.
any other info? xx
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Go to to download a PDF reader then install on your computer.

Then right click the PDF files, propertise, click change in the right of open file with, choose Adobe Reader.

I am very confused why your PDF files can be opened as PDF format. I think it is wonderful because you can edit the PDF files on Word.
swamprat- Jun 3, 2009 at 08:05 PM
make sure your file extention is a *.pdf file and not a *.doc file...
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I guess I have the same problem...but its default program is dwf viewer

I've tried some options
1) right click at .pdf file and change the open with...with reader
2) click properties and click change and select reader adobe
3) I uninstall adobe reader and install a new one...

BUT all is not working...please Help me out...
but right now I can only open the .pdf file when only I open adobe reader first and click on file--->open...
still I need a better way in opening my pdf file...I appreciate it if you all can help me.. thanks
ACE- Jan 27, 2010 at 06:31 AM
Tools, Folder options, File Types. Find all that says PDF and remove them.

The go and find a PDF file and open it. It will ask to open with which program. Then just select adobe reader.
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hey guys,
i did all the above: opened control panel -> folder options -> file types and tried to change the setting from open in word to adobe but I cannot see adobe on the list, even though I have adobe on my pc?!!!!
HELP, please!
annjoy- Mar 20, 2010 at 01:14 AM
I have the same problem. Can anyone help?
Pat- Apr 17, 2010 at 06:11 PM
I have tried all of the above also.....and still when I try to open a PDF file attached to an email, it goes automatically to Word. Even when I go to a website, such as my tv cable company, and try to download my statement, it goes directly to Word in gibberish. I have saved that gibberish and then tried to open it with Adobe reader, but it says it can't read it or the file has been corrupted.
Also I can't find any where the option to "open with"....when I right click and go to "properties" there is no option to "open with". Seems Windows is not reading the .PDF and automatically
opening everything with Word. Where do I go to fix that?!
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my pdf file dos not open whats problem
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Do you have acrobat reader on your pc????

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